In 2019, Schroeder called the annexation of Crimea to Russia legal from a legal point of view, and accusations of Russia of aggressive actions untenable. Now the ex-chancellor is left without an office
The Budget Committee of the German Bundestag withdrew part of the privileges of the former Federal Chancellor of the country Gerhard Schroeder, the ARD TV channel reported.
“The Budget Committee abolished the staff and suspended the office of former SPD Chancellor Schröder. Thus, formally, the powers of the ex-chancellor are suspended, — TV channel reports.
In 2021, the ex-Chancellor's office staff and travel costs amounted to almost €419 thousand, excluding the cost of renting and maintaining the office space and its equipment.
According to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, there were four employees in Schröder's office who retired a few weeks ago. According to the committee's decision, these vacancies will not be filled.
However, according to the committee's decision, 78-year-old Schroeder, who was Chancellor from 1998 to 2005, will retain his pension and will continue to be protected. Usually, after retirement, the ex-chancellor receives 65% of the deputy salary (about €10 thousand) per month, as well as office space, assistants, a secretary and a driver.
The initiative to deprive Schroeder of privileges was taken by the ruling coalition of social democrats, the Greens and the JCPOA. Reuters reports that she was supported in the vote by the Christian Social Union, which at first intended to deprive Schroeder even of his pension.
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The reason was the ex-chancellor's work for Russian state-owned companies. Schroeder has been the head of the board of directors of PJSC NK Rosneft since 2017, and is also the chairman of the shareholders' committee of Nord Stream AG, the operator of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. In addition, he was nominated to the board of directors of Gazprom. instead of Timur Kulibayev, son-in-law of the first President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
In April, German Finance Minister Christian Lindner proposed to stop financing Schroeder from the budget. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz urged Schroeder to leave his posts in Russian state-owned companies.
Schroeder himself stated that Russia cannot be isolated in the long term and German industry needs Russian resources. According to him, after the special operation in Ukraine, the West will have to interact with Russia again. summed up the former chancellor.
On March 10, Politico reported that Schroeder was visiting Moscow to discuss the situation in Ukraine with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
In 2019, Schroeder called the annexation of Crimea to Russia legal from a legal point of view: this was approved by the population, so any “aggressive actions” there is no speech. Former Chancellor Called Crimea “Old Russian Territory” and noted that in the days of the USSR “it did not matter where the Crimea was assigned territorially.” In November 2018, he stated in an interview that the entry of the Crimean Peninsula into Russia has already become a reality, regardless of what other countries think about it, and concluded that the world community will recognize it sooner or later.
< p> Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking about the candidacy of the former German chancellor for the post of a member of the board of directors of Gazprom, called him a decent person who is respected in Russia and who “first of all, of course, sets himself the task of realizing the interests of his own country” ;. “In any case, the Federal Republic [Germany], the Europeans will have a person who can both influence decisions as a member of the board of directors, and certainly receive directly from Gazprom; objective information»,— Putin said.
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